Gary Bryce won the Nowra Velo Club's Jack Hartnett memorial road race on Braidwood Road on Sunday.
Bryce (Bomaderry Vet Hospital/Coffeeliscious) crossed the line four lengths ahead of Geoff Lockhart (Access Storage) and Henry Wakeford (BVH/Coffeeliscious).
Jo Chalain (Allen Price and Scarratts) was close up for fourth with Bill Stahlhut (APS) the only other rider in the lead group at the end of this 54 kilometre handicap event.
This event was also the tenth round of the 2019 Optus series.
Just over a minute after Bryce had scored a popular win, Richard Vitiello (BVH) led a bunch of backmarkers over the line.
Vitiello was sixth and two lengths clear of Merrick Law (Illawarra CC) who took the fastest time award for the race. Law had started on the scratch mark along with Aaron Coghlan (Access), Ben Rolfe (APS) and Mitch Cunningham (Access) and covered the course in one hour, 22 minutes and 22 seconds.
Jade Colligan (BVH) crossed the line in seventh position and just a length behind Law and was followed by Coghlan, Rolfe, Ben Wallis (Access), Nathan Crump (APS), Brooklyn Henry (APS) and Tony Kuipers (APS).
Following closely was Dean Jackson (APS), Gavin Nethery (APS), Ian Kielly (APS), Steve Gendek (Access) and Cunningham.
The race winner and top placegetters came from a bunch handicapped just forward of half way through the field of 10 groups.
These leading men over the finish line are renowned hard workers and they kept to the task and did not ease off the pedals until over the line.
With 10 kilometres remaining, the Bryce, Lockhart, Wakeford, Stahlhut and Chalain bunch had a lead of over five minutes on the chase from the scratch riders who were gathering in the field.
The fast riders whittled this lead down as the finish loomed up but could not close that final minute.
Bryce also led the Bomaderry Vet Hospital/Coffeeliscious team to the team win for this event ahead of Allen Price and Scarratts with Access in third spot.
The Allen Price and Scarratts team signed on to race with a strong group and while they were out of the major positions their second placing has now taken this team to the lead position on the series with just two rounds to go.
Gavin Nethery (APS) has stepped into the lead in the individual overall classification with 187 points.
Levi Johns (Hanlon) is second with 175 and Jason Spence (Hanlon) has 147 points in third position.
The Nowra Velo Club racing continues next weekend with round eleven of the Optus Series as graded criteriums on the Albatross Aviation Tech park circuit with racing staring at 8.30am.